What happens to Houdini Plaza fountain coins?

A reader emailed to ask what happens to the coins wishfully flipped into the fountain at Houdini Plaza downtown.Houdini Plaza fountain.

Dean Gazza, director of parks, recreation and facilities, said the coins haven’t been discussed at City Hall, but a clean-out eventually will scoop them up.

“Staff will give them to the finance department,” Gazza said. “They will most likely use them to offset expenses.”

Meanwhile, city residents have been spotted wading into the shallow fountain to scrounge for the money.

Technically, that’s illegal, but police and city staff have not been actively patrolling for thieves, Gazza said.

“If someone is seen in the fountain, we would be more concerned about their safety and the potential for damage,” Gazza said.

Who knows, maybe Houdini will become like Trevi Fountain in Rome. It collects 700,000 euros per year, or nearly $1 million in charity revenue.

— Nick Penzenstadler: 920-996-7226, or npenzenstadler@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @npenzenstadler

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